Start your perfect Saturday or Sunday in leisurely fashion at one of Long Island City’s best brunch places. Whether you’re looking for a bargain brunch at a popular neighborhood diner or something more upscale, there are plenty of options for pancakes, egg dishes and brunch cocktails.
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Hugue Dufour’s rich, ribald fare, listed on blackboards in the terrifically kitschy public-school setting, can be as challenging as any avant-garde artwork—to your arteries as well as your sense of adventure. The menu, which changes daily, runs to veal brains, blood pudding and big, seared slabs of foie gras. The poultry comes clawed, the bibimbap riff covered in more colorful streaks—chili sauce, maple syrup, yuzu mayo—than a Jackson Pollock. Museum shows can be hit or miss. The best art in the building might be on the plate.
The owners of this inviting nook located near P.S.1 are parents themselves, and are happy to create special meals for picky eaters. But with a roster of dishes like mac and cheese, tomato-basil soup and grilled cheese combos (crafted from locally farmed ingredients), you're not likely to need that safety net. A selection of house-made cupcakes and brownies make for a nice finish.
At first glance, Wolfnights on the Lower East Side looks more like a late-night grub shop than a fine-dining establishment, but don’t let that deter you. The quick and efficient service at this gourmet wrap shop is definitely preferable to the 45-minute wait you’ll find at nearby eateries. On to those wraps: the Beast ($10) is a delectable combination of grilled steak, crunchy BBQ bits, blue cheese, marinated green olives, cilantro and red chili mayonnaise wrapped in turmeric flatbread. The wrap itself is spicy enough to wake up your tastebuds, but not too intense. The steak arrives well done and chewy in consistency, but the flavor is appealing enough for you to take multiple bites anyway. If you’re craving seafood, try the Pink Moon ($10). A beet-chia dough gives the wrap its signature pink hue, and it's filled with grilled shrimp, bean sprout slaw, grilled asparagus, pickled jalapeño, fried pickles and coconut-vanilla sauce. It's just as spicy as the Beast, but the limited number of shrimp is slightly disappointing. Still, it's tasty, even more so when paired with a serving of sweet potato fries ($5) or the Wolf Attack ($7), an overloaded tater tot number made of sloppy joe mix, grilled onions, melted cheddar and jalapeños. Savory and full of kick, the Wolf Attack is hearty enough to act as a late night meal for those in the mood for spuds. For dessert, try the chocolate-basil milkshake ($6) or the Wolfie dessert wrap ($6). Both desserts carry a lightness that the entrée
Venue says: “Visit us late night for delicious wraps open till 2am Mon-Wed, Thurs till 4am, Friday-Sat till 5am and Sun to 2am!”